Lawmakers stop partisan bickering … for a moment

Republicans and Democrats spent a good portion of this week blaming each other on social media for the partisan gridlock that has resulted in two special legislative sessions and no operating budget.

The Washington state GOP party released a YouTube video Thursday blaming Inslee and the Democrats for the possible closure of state parks and high tuition rates.

“He’s the governor who can’t govern,” the narrator says in an ominous tone.



Washington state Democrats blogged and Tweeted about the government shutdown urging constituents to call Republicans and say “it’s time to compromise.”

They published photos and phone numbers for Republican Sens. Andy Hill, of Redmond, Steve Litzow, of Mercer Island, and Joe Fain, from Auburn.

But for a moment on Thursday, lawmakers stopped blaming each other and took time out to praise Elson Floyd.

Both chambers passed a resolution to honor the late Washington State University President who died at 59 from cancer on June 20.  Elso

Many lawmakers spent time with Floyd in the last year of his life as he pushed and gained approval from the state Legislature for a WSU medical school in Spokane. He kept his illness private from many.

Since his death, statements honoring Floyd have come from every corner, from editorial boards to politicians to former students.

There is now a push to name the WSU medical school in Spokane after the late President.

On Thursday, Sen. Mike Baumgartner, R-Spokane, said it’s hard to make sense of why a guy like Floyd would have his life cut short by such an awful disease.

“The only thing I can figure is maybe Heaven needed a branch campus,” Baumgartner said.

Maybe Floyd is up there right now, Baumgartner said, his voice cracking, negotiating with St. Peter.

Lauren Dake

Lauren Dake

Lauren Dake covers politics for The Columbian. You can reach her at 360-735-4534 or Follow her on Twitter .

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